Plastic Waste In China

In our final consumer waste post we examine the challenges faced in the area of plastic waste production and management.  China has a big history with plastic. Throughout its rise to economic prominence, China has manufactured and exported a huge amount of plastic products to eventually become the world’s largest plastic producer in 2013. More recently, China's domestic consumption of plastics…

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Packaging Waste – 5 opportunities for sustainable development

On Monday, we addressed the rise of China’s consumer waste industry. One stream outlined was packaging, an area of waste that is facing challenges along its supply chain. Here we delve deeper into the topic outlining the challenges and opportunities. Synonymous with consumer goods, packaging represents a particular waste stream that, given greater affluence and purchasing power, will grow. Pack…

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Bored Consumers Will Pull Brands to Sustainability

One of the key stakeholders, and primary drivers, of a firm are its consumers, and regardless of the issue that is being discussed, the role of the consumer has been almost always seen as the change agent. Once "consumers" wisen up, change will happen. Over the last few months, this conversation has taken on a particular interest with representatives from consumer brands that I have been speak…

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Planning For Consumer disruptions

In the recent article The Cheapest Generation, a paragraph stood out: It passed out 100 of the cars to influential bloggers for a free six-month test-drive, with just one condition: document your experience online, whether you love the Fiesta or hate it. Young bloggers loved the car. Young drivers? Not so much. After a brief burst of excitement, in which Ford sold more than 90,000 units over 18 m…

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CSR and Social Media in China

One of the more popular topics in China these days is the impact of social media. It's popular (in my eyes) for two reasons. The first is that firms in China see the potential in the platform as a way to reach consumers, and develop loyalty. The other is the fact that social media has proven very powerful as a catalyst in civil society engagement. For firms, it is the combination of these tw…

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China’s Addition to Everything Disposal and Neatly Wrapped

If you have spent any time in China, and have taken a moment to look around, the fact that there is a lot of prepackage waste in China. It was the source of inspiration for my recent post, Wasting Away on China's Airlines, and the author of Garbage is piling up in world of disposables was equally inspired by: We are not only contributing to the expanding and encroaching landfills, but also doing…

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Event Notice: Cars, Electrical Cars and the Consumers

The Shanghai Foreign Correspondents' Club Presents: Old Wang Gets Mobile – Cars, Electrical Cars and the Consumers A Lunchtime Talk with Yale Zhang and Klaus Paur 1 Oz 3 Wednesday, May 6th, 12pm (talk starts at 12.30pm) With the Chinese car market overtaking the US in the first quarter of this year, and the big US car makers in deep trouble, can China save the industry? Are China’s own b…

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Chinese Bamboo Keyboard

One of the more interesting things about firms in China is just how randomly innovative they can be. When reading through the article Bamboo keyboards expect to bring green life to computer users, I was expecting to learn about a local computer firm who had gone "sustainable" or an accessory manufacturer who was looking to use the green hook to get some new business. Little did I know that it…

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PETA Girls Get the Lettuce on In Chengdu

While, I am not a vegetarian myself, I must admit that I enjoy seeing the PETA Girls strap on some lettuce for a good cause, and I take double pleasure knowing that they have apparently pulled it all off in Chengdu for a good cause: The girls, wearing just a few clothes and vegetable leaves covering their bodies, paraded in a decorated carriage to advocate vegetarian diets on Sunday for the 40th…

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Dan Gilbert on Why We Fail to Act

Last year, I watched perhaps one of the more interesting Poptech videos. It was of Dan Glibert, a Harvard professor in psychology, on why we as humans have failed to respond in any meaningful way in the face of  Global Warming. At the time, I wrote a review for it on Crossroads that elicited some comments from a good friend (and GW skeptic) that made me think about a wider picture of Dan's core…

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